York stretched their unbeaten run to 14 games by narrowly beating Oxford to move back into the play-off places.

Michael Coulson blasted the only goal high to Ryan Clarke's right from the penalty spot after Dave Kitson handled.

Oxford's James Constable's saw a fierce drive tipped over by Nick Pope and Ryan Williams spurned another good chance.

City's Calvin Andrew had a 20-yard drive well saved by Clarke before U's substitute Michael Raynes headed wide a gilt-edged opportunity to level.

York are now two points clear of their opponents in the final play-off place, with Oxford dropping to eighth.

York City manager Nigel Worthington told BBC Radio York:

"It was a big game and a fantastic three points.

"It was a hard fought game; Oxford are a good side.

"They started off very brightly in the first half, we withstood the early pressure and then we came into the game and we managed the game very very well.

"There were chances there for us to go and make it more but the important thing was again to keep a clean sheet and we've done that."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (5)

Oxford United

  • 01 Clarke
  • 13 Hunt
  • 03 Newey
  • 37 Ruffels
  • 06 Wright
  • 04 Raynes
  • 15 Williams (Potter - 69' )
  • 22 Wroe Booked
  • 08 Kitson
  • 09 Constable
  • 35 O'Dowda (Connolly - 75' )

Substitutes

  • 11 Potter
  • 16 Whing
  • 17 Rose
  • 18 Davies
  • 21 Crocombe
  • 24 Connolly
  • 30 Long

York City

  • 31 Pope
  • 02 Oyebanjo
  • 03 Davies
  • 37 Reed Booked (Montrose - 89' )
  • 15 Lowe
  • 16 McCombe
  • 26 Hayhurst (Puri - 84' )
  • 10 Penn
  • 08 Andrew Booked (Bowman - 94' )
  • 07 Coulson Booked
  • 27 Brobbel

Substitutes

  • 11 Jarvis
  • 14 Montrose
  • 18 Platt
  • 19 Bowman
  • 20 Allan
  • 24 Ingham
  • 28 Puri
Ref: Oliver Langford
Att: 7,118

Match Stats

Shots

10 5

On target

2 3

Corners

5 5

Fouls

14 15

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Oxford United 0, York City 1.

90:00 +4:40 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Oxford United 0, York City 1.

90:00 +3:22 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, York City. Ryan Bowman replaces Calvin Andrew.

90:00 +0:54

Attempt missed. Michael Raynes (Oxford United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

88:06 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, York City. Lewis Montrose replaces Adam Reed.

87:36

Attempt missed. Michael Raynes (Oxford United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

85:55

Foul by James Constable (Oxford United).

85:55

Ben Davies (York City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

85:20

Attempt saved. Michael Coulson (York City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

83:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, York City. Sander Puri replaces William Hayhurst.

82:14

Hand ball by James Constable (Oxford United).

75:52

Attempt missed. Josh Ruffels (Oxford United) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

74:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Oxford United. David Connolly replaces Callum O'Dowda.

73:54 Booking

Booking Adam Reed (York City) is shown the yellow card.

73:49

Alfie Potter (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

73:49

Foul by Adam Reed (York City).

72:53

Corner, York City. Conceded by Ryan Clarke.

72:27

Attempt saved. Calvin Andrew (York City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

68:32 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Oxford United. Alfie Potter replaces Ryan Williams.

66:21

Nicky Wroe (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66:21

Foul by Adam Reed (York City).

65:29 Booking

Booking Michael Coulson (York City) is shown the yellow card.

65:19

Callum O'Dowda (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

65:19

Foul by Michael Coulson (York City).

60:25

Corner, York City. Conceded by Josh Ruffels.

59:16

(Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

59:16

Foul by Keith Lowe (York City).

58:36

Foul by Josh Ruffels (Oxford United).

58:36

Michael Coulson (York City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

55:42

Attempt missed. Ryan Williams (Oxford United) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

54:48

Josh Ruffels (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:48

Foul by Michael Coulson (York City).

53:19

Foul by James Constable (Oxford United).

53:19

Russell Penn (York City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

52:45

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Calvin Andrew.

52:07

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Lanre Oyebanjo.

51:07

Attempt missed. James Constable (Oxford United) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

50:43

Ryan Williams (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

50:43

Foul by Ben Davies (York City).

50:09

Foul by Jake Wright (Oxford United).

50:09

Ryan Brobbel (York City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:27

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Keith Lowe.

47:12 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Oxford United 0, York City 1. Michael Coulson (York City) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

46:44

Penalty conceded by Josh Ruffels (Oxford United) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

46:00

Corner, York City. Conceded by Tom Newey.

45:15

David Hunt (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

45:15

Foul by Calvin Andrew (York City).

45:00

Second Half begins Oxford United 0, York City 0.

45:00 +1:18 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Oxford United 0, York City 0.

45:00 +0:54

Attempt missed. Nicky Wroe (Oxford United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

44:40

Corner, York City. Conceded by Dave Kitson.

44:05

Foul by Dave Kitson (Oxford United).

44:05

Russell Penn (York City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:22

Foul by David Hunt (Oxford United).

41:22

William Hayhurst (York City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39:16

Dave Kitson (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

39:16

Foul by Russell Penn (York City).

37:30

Ryan Williams (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

37:30

Foul by Ben Davies (York City).

36:12

Attempt missed. James Constable (Oxford United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

35:23

Attempt missed. Michael Coulson (York City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

34:03

Attempt missed. David Hunt (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

33:28

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by John McCombe.

30:58 Booking

Booking Nicky Wroe (Oxford United) is shown the yellow card.

30:52

Foul by Nicky Wroe (Oxford United).

30:52

William Hayhurst (York City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

28:43

Foul by Dave Kitson (Oxford United).

28:43

Russell Penn (York City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

26:43 Booking

Booking Calvin Andrew (York City) is shown the yellow card.

26:01

(Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

26:01

Foul by Calvin Andrew (York City).

25:14

Foul by Ryan Williams (Oxford United).

25:14

Ben Davies (York City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:05

Dave Kitson (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

24:05

Foul by Russell Penn (York City).

23:23

Foul by Michael Raynes (Oxford United).

23:23

Michael Coulson (York City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21:53

Attempt saved. James Constable (Oxford United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

19:47

Attempt missed. John McCombe (York City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

19:15

Corner, York City. Conceded by David Hunt.

18:27

Callum O'Dowda (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

18:27

Foul by Lanre Oyebanjo (York City).

16:33

Ryan Brobbel (York City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

16:33

Foul by Tom Newey (Oxford United).

15:08

Foul by Michael Coulson (York City).

15:08

Ryan Williams (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

13:30

Foul by Dave Kitson (Oxford United).

13:30

Adam Reed (York City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

11:25

Dave Kitson (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:25

Foul by Keith Lowe (York City).

8:33

Michael Raynes (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

8:33

Foul by Calvin Andrew (York City).

5:21

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Nick Pope.

4:45

Attempt saved. Dave Kitson (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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